JON D. HODGIN, M.D.
HODGIN JD. Emotional Conflicts in the Resident. Ann Intern Med. 1982;97:456. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-97-3-456_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;97(3):456.
To the editor: I read the recent article by Lichstein (1) with great interest. The subject of emotions generated along the patient-physician interface is of importance not only in internal medicine and psychiatry, but to all medical specialties. I feel, however, that some additional points need to be discussed.
Dr. Lichstein correctly notes that a resident who has a certain level of awareness will be able to identify those patient behaviors that arise from unexpressed emotions, mainly anxiety, felt toward the physician. This task, however, requires the ability and the time to step back from the situation to identify the
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